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Ancient Trails: Running the Ridgeway

Avebury, Marlborough, UK

Avebury, Marlborough, UK

Fri 21st May 2021

2 races

£100.00 - £395.00



The ongoing corona-virus pandemic is, understandably, a concern for many people around the world. During this uncertain time, we have postponed all existing and future departures up until the end of 2020.

We are taking bookings for departures into 2021 and beyond into 2022, but understand anyone considering travel will likely have additional concerns and questions.

During uncertain times, flexibility and confidence can be invaluable, and we understand you might be apprehensive when it comes to booking a trail running adventure right now.

So, we wanted to outline our assurances for all new and existing bookings:


On all new bookings.

For all new bookings we have now included a six-week cooling off period which begins after the day your book with us. What that means is that your initial deposit is fully-refundable in the event that you change your mind, no questions asked.

Once the six-week cooling off period has ended your deposit payment then comes in line with our existing terms and conditions which states that deposit payments made are non-refundable in the event of cancellation by yourself. You can read our terms and conditions policy here.


For all bookings, we’re allowing you to flexibly change to any other future departure (dependent on availability) using existing monies paid as credit. We are also reducing the number of days’ notice we ask for before your departure for you to make changes, down from 90 days to 45 days. This means you can change your trip, for any reason, up to 45 days before your scheduled departure date. No hassle, no questions asked and no charge. If you choose to amend your booking, you can select any new destination or departure date.


All customers booking with Pure Trails Adventure are fully financial protected in the unlikely event of financial failure by the company. When you book your adventure with us you are covered by the Travel Regulation Insolvency Protection. What that means is that your holiday with us is financially safe, secure and water tight with 100% protection and no additional cost.


As a travel company based in the UK, we follow The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). If they advise against ‘all but essential travel’ or ‘all travel’ to a destination, we’ll postpone or amend itineraries in accordance with this advice. If your running adventure is affected as a result of these changes, one of our team will contact you directly. If we need to postpone your trip for any other reason, we’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can.

Please, rest assured, though – if your trip is postponed, for any reason, you will still get the running adventure you paid for, on a date that suits you and this will remain 100% financially protected.

Pure Trails Adventure has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

Join us on a classic. This short trail running weekend takes you along the UK’s oldest trail. Not only are the views stunning, but you’ll be following in the footsteps of an ancient world. We’ll run past the legendary Avebury stone circle, giant white horses etched onto the hillside and iron age castles and burial chambers.

This fully-guided and fully-supported adventure takes in a distance of 68km which is split over three days. Running gorgeous trails we’ll cover an average distance of 14 miles per day, staying in sweet little hotels just off the trail which makes for a perfect base at the end of each day.

Price is per person, based on Twin / Double share. Single supplement of £110 per person.


  • Pay Deposit


    Balance of £295 Due 12 Weeks Before Departure.

  • Pay Full Amount




  • Pay Deposit


    Balance of £295 Due 12 Weeks Before Departure.

  • Pay Full Amount


What's Included

- 2 nights accommodation in 3* hotels along the way

- Fully-supported trail running trip

- Breakfast and picnic lunches throughout the trip

- One qualified trail running guides throughout

- Support vehicle throughout (Fully stocked)

- 3 Days of Trail Running on exceptional trails

- Luggage transfer from point to point

- Aid stations

- 12-week training plan

- Running technique and advice from UK qualified coaches

- Evening running lectures

Not included:

Arrival / departure transportation
Evening meals
Personal equipment
Personal bills
Additional excursions
Insurance (REQUIRED before the trips departure - for accidents, health and emergency evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage or personal effects)
Pre/Post Excursions

Event Details

Approximate details:

Total Distance: 64 Kilometres

Total Running Days: 3 Days

Lowest Elevation: 44m

Highest Elevation: 269m

Elevation Gain: + 570m

*The daily distances and itinerary may change according to local weather conditions and the groups condition.




Easy graded trails following very well established paths and trails (at times undulating) and route at low levels of elevation. Low cumulative levels of ascent over the duration of the trip (usually no more than 450 - 500m).


Suitable for runners who are fit and active and can comfortably run up to 6 - 10 miles per day. The trips involve lots of impromptu stops and our time on the trail will typically be between 3-4 hours per day.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - From the Stones to Foxhill

- Distance: Approx. 17 Miles (27km)
- Time: 3 -4 hours trail running

This morning we start our epic trail journey right by the world-renowned Avebury stone circle.

From here our trail picks up the Ridgeway, climbing gradually towards the Barbury Castle Iron Age fort. This section of the trail is gorgeous to run as we pass Bronze Age burial chambers, surrounded by fields and clumps of trees.

Needless to say the views in either direction are breath taking as we crest Smeathe’s Ridge on our way to the pretty village of Ogbourne St George.

We’ll meet our support vehicle here to top up on nutrition, snacks and to chill before we continue on.

There’s a fairly steep climb to tackle as we head out of the Og Valley as we run along a narrow, tree-lined track before reaching out base for the evening at Foxhill.

The evening is left for us to relax and toast our day over a few drinks in the bar.

Day 2 - Along the Ridgeway

- Distance: Approx. 12 miles (19km)
- Time: 2 - 3 hours trail running

We’ll pick up a real gem today as we run a remoter section of The Ridgeway which gives not only blistering views but also ancient curiosities for us to check out.

Early on the route undulates quite a bit and it’s a little tougher on the legs to begin, although the endless fields which change different colours with the seasons helps to distract the effort.

The route lives up to it’s name as this stretch has us following relatively narrow tracks, emerging in small villages before our day ends in the pretty market town of Wantage - the birthplace of Alfred the Great.

We have the evening to relax and prepare for our final day on the trail.

Day 3 - Final push to Goring

- Distance: Approx. 14.5 miles (23km)
- Time: 3 - 4 hours of trail running

Leaving Wantage behind with our final push to Goring we have another stunning day of trail running ahead of us.

The route opens up into a broad track beautifully which makes for lovely running in rolling countryside. The views span all the way to the Thames Valley and on a clear day you can see the Chiltern Hills.

We’ll pass the Baron Wantage monument and beyond Bury Down the route descends towards the historical riverside village of Goring, our finish for the trail weekend.

Arriving into Goring we’ll toast our finish our celebrate our journey, finishing up by about 14:00.

Where Do We Stay?

Beautiful Small Pubs

Over the course of The Ridgeway we will be staying in a different accommodation for each night of the run. We’ll be staying in pretty little pubs (3 Star) which offer comfortable rooms and restaurants for us to relax after a hard day on the trail.

We select accommodation that is in close proximity to The Ridgeway to make it easier to access the trail heads.



Being a group of max. 8 runners with a mixture of ages and running abilities we may decide to split into flexible groups, all of which will be supported by our running guides who will travel with us on the trip.

By splitting the group will allow us all to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.


The terrain is undulating and includes some up hill sections which we walk, as well as some down hill sections at times.

We’ll be running through quaint villages, narrow chalk tracks, through fields and rolling hills. Underfoot conditions consist of hard-packed which make for very enjoyable running.


We run the trails in early summer when the countryside is lush and green. We can expect daily temperatures to sit on average of 20 degrees C, however being Britain there is every chance of a hot spell (25 degrees C) or a colder spell (sub-18 degrees C).

You should also prepare for the chance of rain and wind, as well as bright sunshine.

Way Marking

The journey will be hosted by one-qualified running guide, although as the group is likely to spread out over short sections we will be making every effort to way-mark the route.


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